The 5 best Vintage design shops
1) Maison Nordik
This large store, off the beaten track on la butte Montmartre, sells one of the best selections of Scandinavian furniture in Paris. You will find all kinds of classics including teak sideboards, ceramic vases, light fixtures by Poul Henningsen and a wide range of furniture and objects with simple designs in quality materials.
2) Christine Diegoni
Design collectors have already found their way to this shop in Montmartre which sells exceptional items and furniture by leading designers such as Ettore Sottsass or George Nelson. The light fixtures by the Italian designer Gino Sarfatti are the highlight of this shop.
3) Coin Canal
This shop near Canal Saint-Martin sells a nice selection of mid-century furniture, in a sleek, timeless style. The shopkeeper has styled the furniture, so you can get a better idea of what it would be like in your own home and maybe buy it, too.
4) Les Modernistes
This gallery, located near the entrance of Père-Lachaise, is widely considered an expert in design of the fifties, sixties and seventies. Expect a mix of furniture, objects, sculptures and paintings by anonymous designers. The gallery also sells a nice selection of contemporary jewellery and pottery.
5) Forme Utile
Richard Poulet chose to name his store after a post-war French movement, as an ode to industrial design. He specialises in light fixtures and furniture and works much like a historian: searching and unearthing items. Shop here for work by leading designers from the fifties as well as lesser known designers who may become the stars of tomorrow’s auctions. We recommend that you call before visiting as the opening hours tend to change.
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